Homemade Hand Warmer | Science Experiments | Steve Spangler Science

Here’s a twist on the classic chemical hand warmers you can buy for you to research and improve.

If you’ve been outdoors when it’s really cold, there’s a good chance you’ve either used these yourself or wished you had. You can experience a variation on the science found inside a commercial warmer with some pretty basic materials. You’ll discover how an everyday chemical reaction like rusting is used to keep your digits toasty. This experimental version of the hand warmer is offered as a test idea and not as a definitive solution. You’re encouraged to share your science fair results online.

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Is fire a solid, a liquid, or a gas? – TED Ed by Elizabeth Cox

Sitting around a campfire, you can feel its heat, smell the woody smoke, and hear it crackle. If you get too close, it burns your eyes and stings your nostrils. You could stare at the bright flames forever as they twist and flicker in endless incarnations… But what exactly are you looking at? Elizabeth Cox illuminates the science behind fire. Continue reading

Alka-Seltzer® Rainbow – submitted by Flinn Scientific Canada

The Alka-Seltzer tablets contain sodium bicarbonate and citric acid. As the Alka-Seltzer tablet dissolves in water, the citric acid
reacts with the sodium bicarbonate to produce carbonic acid (Equation 1) and carbon dioxide (Equation 2). The carbonic acid
then reacts with the basic sodium hydroxide to change the pH of the solution (Equations 3 and 4). As the base is consumed, the
solution will slowly become more acidic, resulting in the colour changes.

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Carbon Dioxide Solubility Demonstration – submitted by Flinn Scientific Canada

A candle and beaker of pink phenolphthalein solution are placed inside a jar. The candle is lit and the jar is capped. The flame expectedly goes out as the oxygen is depleted. After the flame is extinguished, the pink solution slowly fades to colourless. What has happened inside the jar?

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